There are always cool things happening in Dublin, it is a busy busy place to be! You will never be too far from something interesting in Ireland’s capital, but this is especially true at this time of the year. With Halloween, Winter and Christmas approaching – the city is gearing up towards the highly anticipated holiday season.

Among tonnes of other unique festivals, events and openings spread out across Dublin’s fair city, here’s my pick of some of the cool things happening in Dublin in the coming weeks. Any excuse for a party right?

New Jazz Residency at Bruxelles Bar | Every Thursday

As of today, Bruxelles Bar just off Grafton Street, will be getting a funky addition to their agenda. The well known and sincerely respected Irish Jazz Saxophonist, Michael Buckley, will be playing here along with his acclaimed quartet – the ‘Dublin Standard Time’. If you know Bruxelles, you will know there’s three different bars – and these guys will be in The Zodiac Bar downstairs, at 9pm every Thursday.

I’m one of those people who enjoys jazz when came across, but not the most knowledgeable on the subject. Whether you are a novice like me or a huge fan of the genre, this will be the perfect place to hang out on Thursdays in Dublin.

Bram Stoker Festival | 27th-30th October 2017

The annual Bram Stoker Festival festival returns this weekend to Dublin city, with a few frightful events happening around the place. The festival promises to playfully celebrate the gothic and mysterious side of Dublin and is inspired by the legacy of Dublin-born writer Bram Stoker and his novel Dracula. The parade is not one to be missed, happening Sunday October 30th – you can see below just how impressive it was last year. 

The highlight for me, is definitely the event ‘Turning Vampire Mixtape’ in Vicar Street on the 29th of October. This is a night of songs and collaborations, celebrating music from the best known horror movies. Playing are some of Ireland’s most talented musicians, including Lisa Hannigan, Paddy Casey, Saint Sister, Adam Matthews and Niamh Farrell of Hamsandwich, plus many more.

Stella Theatre Reopening | 31st October 2017

After being closed for over 10 years, the cutest little cinema in Rathmines is reopening. On the 31st of October, Stella Theatre in Rathmines opens their doors again for those who seek something a little different in Dublin city. This isn’t any normal cinema, this place has a 1920’s feel to it – and it looks amazing!

Judging by the photos and tweets buzzing around the internet since their opening event, it looks like a very special place. Perfect for dates or just to visit with mates – I look forward to seeing what Stella Theatre looks like whenever I get back to Dublin. Ps… they have prosecco on tap for those who may be interested. 

Bewley’s Cafe Reopening with Chocolate Factory! | November 2017

If you are familiar with Dublin City Centre and the Grafton Street area in particular, you will know that the iconic Bewley’s Cafe has been closed down for quite some time. For me, the popular street just hasn’t been the same since Bewley’s closed their doors. However, they have finally finished their refurbishment which has taken just over 2.5 years! Rumour has it… there will be a special chocolate factory in the new design – which is very exciting.

This will hopefully happen in November, which means right on time for Christmas. Grafton Street is already a magical place to wander through during the Christmas season, so I think the reopening of Bewley’s Cafe is going to make it even more special!

Wild Lights at the Dublin Zoo | 3rd November 2017-7th January 2018

Of all the cool things happening in Dublin, this is one of the best in my opinion! It just looks so adorable (I’m a large baby within). Dublin Zoo are putting on a special exhibition which celebrates animals, beautiful lights, colour and honours Chinese culture. Wild Lights is a nighttime event which will be home to giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife. There are also performances, crafts and food all inspired by the fascinating culture of China – which sounds really fun in my books.

I know the topic of zoos are a bit of a weird one when it comes to the well being of animals. But of all the zoos I’ve been to, I really do think that Dublin Zoo is a good one! This event is for people of all ages, but of course would be particularly special if you have a little person to bring or want to go on a unique date! A winner for me.

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